Spirit of Christmas"
by Susan Mangatal
- a splendid and magical season. One that sparkles and
shines! So much joy is in the air, and the happy memories
surround you of the beautiful moments that took place throughout
the year. Oh,
how priceless it is to spend this precious holiday with family
and friends who are so dear. Sharing the abundance of
happiness and good cheer!
day is vastly approaching, just 13 days away; and have you
noticed the kids are the happiest they can be today.
Behaving magnificently and praying relentlessly for all they
wish to receive. Oh yes, the Spirit of Christmas is truly magnificent
by Susan Mangatal
that Christmas is only 13 days away, and I have yet to share
with you the specials and discounts our partners and business
associates are offering this Christmas season. I am in the
process of re-structuring our "Shopping Network" Page
(with very little extra time in my schedule and distressing
server problems,) so once I get it completed, I will share it with you.
know that I am attentive to the numerous amounts of issues many
of us are experiencing, and thus this Christmas may be unlike
any other Christmas. I do understand shopping may be the last thing
on many of your minds, especially with the soaring unemployment
rate (approximately 573,000 applicants according to the Labor
Department.) Yes, I do know businesses upon businesses
are closing their doors and leaving many without means to
support their families, nor even able to put food on their
tables. Further, countless individuals feel the
roof they have over their heads may be lost, and the
troubles they/we all face keep going on and on. Undeniably,
these difficult and trouble times simply does not afford scores
of you to have a happy Christmas, so I do understand if you are
unable to use our Shopping Network to make your purchases...and
that's OK! I pray that you do get through this season and
it is a happy one for you and your family.
got to “pay to play…baby!” A statement one of my business associates would say to me
from time to time when we discuss business, but even though I
know it takes place, I would only laugh and comment “yeah…right!"
However, evidentially this is what has been taking place
in every aspect of business.
Corporate America lives by it, Wall Street lives by it,
the Government obviously lives by it, and guess what…your
local community organization leaders live by it as well.
to Play" is clearly how corrupt businesses and
organizations, corrupt leaders of organizations, corrupt
politicians and even some corrupt people are doing
business. Nothing is on the "up on up," just
underhanded transactions, bogus money making deals, briberies,
and the taking of kick-backs are rampant and a normal way of
doing business. I have certainly experienced it and was
"beat down" and still hated to this day for
talking about my experience with corruption in
Governor from Illinois Rod R. Blagojevich, with his harebrain
scheme blew us all away this week. His unbelievable
intension and negotiations of selling President Elect Barack
Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder was just plain stupid
and absolutely disturbing. It is quite clear that
Politics and the Government needs to be cleaned up, as well as
the crooked politicians like Governor Blagojevich. I
understand he is adamant about not resigning from his position
as President Elect Obama has asked him to do and stated he
"is going back to work. " His attitude is what we
call in my country "wrong and strong", however,
he needs to be gone...completely removed!!!
a result of my last weeks' comments about the people of America
(the foundation of America) getting help..."a bail out plan
for the American people." I received lots of comments
and questions regarding how I think the people of America should
receive a bailout instead of these big companies, financial
institutions and auto makers. I ask you though, why can't
we conceive getting help from the government? If you
can't conceive it, then you will not achieve it!
I strongly believe something should be done to at least help
homeowners. Create some programs of some sort to help, and
some programs to control the unemployment issues. It's
simply not conceivable to me that banks are bailed out and
Americans are losing everything. The taxpayers are not
receiving a fair deal and is suffering and unable to pay their
bills, etc. I believe some lawmakers are finally
understanding how bad things are for Americans and questioning
why taxpayers are not being helped. I hope they continue
questioning this madness and receive some answers and possibly
come up with some resolutions.
I close out my comments on the bailout issue, I must share with
you a comment I received from one of our on-line family - Ms.
Jb. She agreed with my comments and further laid it out
quiet well with the comment she sent me about this entire
the American people think for a moment that these CEO's are
going to just give up that opulent lifestyle they have had for
years and years, just because the "little- man" is
suffering, then we'd better think again. Trust me, those Lear
Jets, they flew into D.C. the last time they came "hat in
hand" to get billions of dollars, have not been sold,
they were just not used this time. I believe they still
have the luxury bonuses in mind for themselves, and luxury
vacations, .... the whole shabang. I for one, believe
they should be sitting up in jail instead of before
congress. Here we the tax payers are supposed to bail them
out, right? How many tax payers has had the luxury of even
being invited to their homes, to sit at their tables? How many
of their employees (in the plant), the gardener, the security
guard, the mailroom clerk, housekeeping department employees,
ever visited their homes, or went on any all expense paid
luxury vacations (at the company's expense)!
lady's comment is "on point," and it certainly compels
me to fight harder for a bailout for the American people through
my e-newsletter. Feel free to share your thoughts with me
on this issue.
seems the body of 3 year old toddler Caylee Anthony has been
about this 3 year old Toddler Caylee Anthony who have been
missing for over 7 months from her home in Orlando
Florida? The young mother Casey Anthony has been adamant
about the babysitter stealing her child, even though the
authorities found evidence that leads them to believed (without
a doubt) that Caylee was dead and her mother was
responsible. However, the baby's body was not found, until
today (it seems.) Identification of the body found will
be released in the next day or so.
have been following this story the day it was reported, and
while we were vacationing in Orlando Florida in October we
stumbled upon the reporters covering this story as we were sight
seeing and reminiscing about our lives in this city during our
younger years. We decided to stop and talk to these
reporters, and we discovered many in Orlando believed the
toddler's mom (Casey) kill her baby girl and dumped her
body. We decided to do our own little investigation after
one reporter gave us some directions on finding the grandparents
home. Of course, we found ourselves driving around in the
same area they found this body, because Todd had a strong
feeling she was there. We even came to the dead end of the
road where the child's body was found (laying among some
bushes,) and had to turn around to get back to the grandparents
home and out of the neighborhood.
as much as we all wanted this baby girl (Caylee) to be alive and
well, I find it insane that a mother would not report her child
missing for over a month; and most importantly, the mother,
grandparents and even the mother's lawyer kept stating:
"the baby is alive and well, and they can't wait for the
trial to begin for the truth to be revealed." I
was disturbed by their statements because if they knew where the
child was, or anything about the child being alive why did they
not share this important information with the authorities so the
child could be retrieved/rescued and brought back home to her
family (instead of waiting for the trial to reveal the
truth.) This didn't make much sense to me.
if this is the body of little Caylee Anthony, she can now be
laid to rest in peace! If you want to know more about this
HERE to enter CNN's reporter Nancy Grace webpage for all the
January 17th - 20th, DC bars and clubs will remain open until
5:00 am. Meaning bars will remain open and drinking will
continue on these days during the Inauguration week.
personally don't think this Inauguration is a time for allowing
excessive drinking. This is a serious time and extremely
historical, and there is no need to celebrate with drinking to
all hours in the morning. Tell me, why is it when the
first African-American person becomes president, bars and clubs
are allowed to remain open until the early morning? This
historical event is not a joke, and no one certainly needs to
drink until 5 am in the morning to celebrate this historical
occasion. Undoubtedly, I see this being a huge
mistake...what do you think?
44th President of the United States of America will
be sworn into his new position in 38 days.
may not get there in one year or even in one term,"
"But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am
tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a
people will get there."
to the many who have sent me e-mails in response to my past
E-Newsletters and lots of important information to use for our
future E-Newsletters. Most importantly, I thank you for
your encouraging words! So until next week... please
enjoy, and be safe this Weekend and the upcoming week!!
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your support and One Love!
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Showcase Holiday Book Fair' on Black Author
December 13, 2008 at 10am
Location: Show Place Arena,
(Prince Georges County Maryland)
Organized By: Black Author
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in your CLOSET?
LA's Children's Ministry
is collecting clean,
December 14, 2008
9:30a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Collection boxes will be located
High School (near the auditorium)
5010 11th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90043
is approaching, and no one should have to go
without a basic necessity such as a coat!
Newsong LA's Children's Ministry will be
collecting clean, reusable coats and jackets
to assist the One Warm Coat community service
effort. Coats of all shapes sizes are welcome
and children's sizes are most needed. One Warm
Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable
coats, free of charge, directly to local
children and adults. The program is a
wonderful way for you and your family to pass
along coats and jackets that you no longer
more information Contact
Sher�a V�Jauan Riley
cell: (424) 903-9352
AND THIRD DISTRICT SUBSTATION
Third District and the Community will kick off
its 1st annual “Red
Carpet Meet and Greet”.
The Red Carpet Meet and Greet night was created
to allow residents the opportunity to mingle
with celebrities and members of the Metropolitan
Celebrities will be signing
and providing give
Families will enjoy, games, and raffles, face
painting, as well as, receive information on crime
safety, HIV awareness and more.
Appearances by McGruff,
Cat Women, Mrs. Incredible, Spider man, Shrek,
Santa & Mrs.
Claus & his elf (just
to name a few).
December 20, 2008
1620 V. Street, NW
District Police Station)
OF THE COMMUNITY ( ANC
MEMBERS, COUNCIL MEMBERS, FIRE CHIEF,
ETC.., ARE INVITED TO WALK THE RED CARPET AND
MEET AND GREET OUR COMMUNITY FAMILIES)
Community is invited to an afternoon of fun
with members of The Metropolitan Police
Department. Families will have the
opportunity to mingle with Police Officers that
patrol their perspective communities and
receive information on crime prevention, traffic
safety, HIV awareness, health insurance, pedestrian
safety and more.
are inviting organizations, business,
dentist, churches, etc.., to attend and set up a
table to offer services to our Community
you for your support.
Call or email to reserve a table, mobile space or
make arrangements for
Officer B. Davis 202-689-4278-
PSA 301 or Officer
L. McKoy 202-576-8222-
PSA 302 & PSA 304 or Civilian
Marco Santiago 703-819-9434-
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